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I met Carla and Sean through a mutual friend and I couldn’t be happier to be shooting their wedding later this year. For real they were so amazingly kind throughout our shoot, and made my job easy. We had so much to chat about (her telling me about their venue cancelling on them last minute, me telling her about my not so positive experiences with my wedding dress fittings) that after our shoot I was easily enticed to get dinner with them. I mean they really had me at burritos… how can a girl say no to a burrito let alone with two very lovely people?

We started our shoot out at their adorable home in Los Feliz, which if you’re not familiar is one of the most super hip areas of Los Angeles. Recently I’ve been asking couples I photograph if we can start off at their home from some shots. I love in home sessions! The lighting is always killer, the setting is familiar to the couple so their comfortable, and it lends a very personal touch to your engagement photos. David and I had our engagement photos start off at our house first for all those same reasons.

From there we made our way over to a cute park located near their house, and then Ubered up to one of my all time favorite places in Los Angeles: Griffith Park, and more specifically the top where the planetarium is. This spot is too perfect, the views, the history (Rebel Without a Cause anyone?), the nature.

This wasn’t my first time shooting there and crowds can always be a concern but Ubering and doing the shoot on a Thursday I think helped a bit with dealing with that.

Ok enough talk! Enjoy the photos from Carla and Sean’s Los Angeles Engagement:

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This engagement shoot brought together two of my favorite spots to shoot; downtown san diego and the cactus garden near Balboa Park. And a fun fact, the cactus garden is where I had my first look on my wedding day a couple months back… That’s how much I enjoy it!

Sam and Brandon found me through the venue where I got married: Moniker Warehouse. Which is where they will be holding their wedding, good choice if I do say so myself!

Sam works the graveyard shifts at her work so this shoot for her meant she had to get up early. I must say that I would be terrible at doing what she does! I can stay up late but ask me to work through the night I would never make it!

I bonded with Sam over a shared love of all things cute coffee shops, and with Brandon over a shared love of WWII History. For real both those topics were covered in detail when we first got together. I love finding shared interests with couples I work with, it’s more than just chatting over wedding details (which are obviously very important). I like to get to know each couple I’m working with and hipster coffee spots and WWII history are two things I can get behind!

Here’s a sampling of some of my faves from our shoot:

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After working in the wedding business for 6+ years and working with so many blushing brides I can’t believe that this Saturday is now my wedding! It’s been 9 months in the making since David and I got engaged on Mother’s Day of last year. And don’t let anyone tell you that 9 months isn’t enough time to plan a wedding, it was more than enough time…well if we were more on top of the wedding planning it would have been. Out of the gate we did great getting all our vendors in a row, the summer we didn’t do much planning and than around the holidays it geared up pretty fast. And now here it is the week of and I am running around finalizing all the details. I’ve been to Lowes more times than I’d like to know, had countless boxes delivered containing things as simple as labels for the cookies to the beautiful glass box I got to hold our rings. Many details still need to come together in the next 72 hours (less than that actually) but we’ll get there! And I can’t wait to share more of our wedding details, images from the day and stories from our honeymoon.

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When Emily and Noah met they weren’t sure their chance meeting at a friend’s party would lead to anything but they knew there was something interesting about the other and to get to know one another. Fast forward some years later to a warm clear day in October, the day Emily and Noah got married at The Wedding Bowl in La Jolla over looking the ocean as family and friends looked on. It was clear that all their hard work put in leading up to the wedding was well worth it. Even that wine bottle project that Emily said ended up being more gross and more difficult than ever anticipated. It was clear how much they actually enjoyed the fruits of their hard work during the whirlwind day. Soaking in ever moment, every detail and fully living it all up.
It was my pleasure to photograph such a kind gracious couple with family and friends to match! Ejoy this little taste of their perfect day!

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It’s the best feeling when you get to work with a couple who trusts your vision, loves your style and let’s you just do what you do. That was exactly the kinda couple Denise and Justin are and were during our Los Angeles Arboretum engagement session! Up for all my suggestions and just as excited about them as I was. For example at the Los Angeles Arboretum there was this old and amazing, unused greenhouse sitting off the path un disturbed and begging for someone to take some photos in it! We luckily found an open door and went in with the assumption someone would come along and ask us to get out of it but luckily no one did. The rest of our shoot consisted of walking around the beautiful Los Angeles Arboretum grounds, past the many peacocks and lakes chatting and shooting along the way. This is how I love to do engagement sessions, casual, fun all the while trying out all the awesome spots we come across.

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